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Painting Laminate Furniture

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I mentioned last week I finally was able to finish up a few projects I wanted to do around the house.  I think it’s hard when you move because you want things to look nice and homey right away, but for me it always takes awhile.  I like to live in the space to see how I want the rooms to function and take my time to visualize how I want to decorate.  It also really is a balancing act deciding how much time and money you want to put into a temporary rental.  But for me, I want us to feel like no matter where we are living it feels like home.  A place that feels warm, comfortable and tells a little bit of our story.

I was fortunate enough to snag this dresser from my Grandpa and sadly I don’t have a before photo, but it was an old laminate dresser.  It wasn’t looking so great, not the biggest fan of laminate of course and there was a water stain on the top.  But the lines and the construction were great and so I saw the potential!

Before doing any DIY I do a lot of research before I dive in.  What do I need to get, best practices, etc.  But since I did all that work I want to make it easy for all of you and tell you what I think is the best strategy on painting over laminate.  Back in the day when I wanted to paint furniture I would embarrassingly admit I would go to home depot and pick the cheapest paint and go at it.  But please, if you have a piece that you want to last a long time and frankly if you are putting the time and effort into a project it’s worth your while to do the steps correctly and getting the right materials, even if they cost more.

To make it simple here are the steps you should take:

1.  Make sure the piece of furniture is cleaned thoroughly

2.  Take the time to tape.  Of course if you are doing the entire piece this step is unnecessary, but I was only doing a portion of the dresser so it needed to be done.

3.  Paint a layer of primer onto the laminate.  I really only advise using the shellac base primer Zinsser (this primer is specifically for laminate and does not require you to sand beforehand, which most primers are not equipped to do).

4.  After the paint is dried completely sand it with a very light sandpaper, I used 250 grit.

5.  Once again wipe down the piece of furniture and then you can move on towards painting the piece to your desired color.

6.  Again after much research I strongly suggest using Sherwin Williams ProClassic with a Mohair Roller.  As the paint relaxes it spreads smoothly giving you a great finish and the durability is fantastic.  

7.  This is a very important word of advice, make sure to do lighter coats with multiple coats vs. fewer thicker coats.  Always make sure you have adequate time in between coats.

So that’s my advice on giving your piece of furniture a long lasting uplift that will not only looking great, but last!!

Having a background in architecture I have a ton of friends who are top-notch designers so showing you our living room makes me a little weary.  Once I have my own home I plan on doing things little more professional and permanent, but for now I like how things are coming together!  The color of the living room is not great in my books and would love if it was a bright white, but I have no ambition to change it right now.  And for the record most of the time there’s books and toys scattered throughout, it’s never that put together :).

If you have an itch to do some DIY’s in your home I recommend the following blogs for inspiration:  The Little Green Notebook, Vintage Revivals and Emily Henderson.  Of course there are 100’s of design blogs out there, but these are the ones I always check out regularly.  These people have gained my respect and I think they know what they are doing.  Some are self taught, others have trained backgrounds.

Here’s photo’s of the piece of furniture and our Living Room: DSC_0037 DSC_0036 copy DSC_0031 DSC_0038 nola wanted to get into one of the photos too 🙂